Court appeals at least temporarily delay execution

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 9:32 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The scheduled execution of a Mexican national is on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court considers appeals to keep 46-year-old Edgar Tamayo from the Texas death chamber.

Tamayo was set to die Wednesday evening for the slaying of a Houston police officer 20 years ago.

Tamayo's case has drawn criticism from the Mexican government and pressure from the U.S. State Department after attorneys argued Tamayo wasn't immediately advised he could seek help from the Mexican consulate after his arrest in 1994.

The high court considered at least two appeals. One focused on whether he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The other was related to the consular issue.

The execution warrant remains in effect until midnight.

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